December 2014

Tata Africa gives a second chance to deserving students

The Tata Postgraduate Scholarships Awards provide much-needed funding to university students across South Africa, and prevent expulsions due to non-payment of fees

Since 2006, the Tata Postgraduate Scholarships Awards have been giving opportunities to and alleviating financial stress of students at universities in South Africa by making available much-needed funding to complete their studies. To date, Tata Africa has distributed scholarships to over 194 students and the number continues to grow each year.

This year, the scholarships were distributed to 76 students. A key feature of the company’s CSR initiatives in the geography, the investment in scholarships has significantly contributed to raising brand equity and visibility, and improving stakeholder relations. Student testimonials are proof to how the scholarships assist those in the most need. The scholarships have ‘saved’ students from being expelled from universities or not receiving their results and qualifications on time due to lack of funding. The impact that the scholarships have had on recipients has been tremendous.

Tata Africa has partnerships with the University of Witwatersrand (Johannesburg), University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (Kwa- Zulu Natal), Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (Port Elizabeth) and University of Free State (Free State), with the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Kenya) being a recent addition, for the scholarship programme.

Festive cheer in the air
Team Tata Steel KZN once again open their hearts to needy children

Tata Steel KZN (TSKZN)  team’s association with the Santa Shoebox Project started last year with a humble donation of 20 boxes. Generous employees, this year, donated 80 boxes. Each box will make Christmas special for a child who would not ordinarily receive a gift. The boxes were successfully dropped off in October at the Richards Bay drop-off point. The Santa Shoebox Project originated in Cape Town and has grown by leaps and bounds, with the number of Santa Shoeboxes growing from 180 boxes in 2006 to a record 118,274 in 2013.

The project distributes festive gifts to thousands of underprivileged children in South Africa and Namibia. The success of the project can largely be attributed to its personal nature – donors give gifts to children whose names, ages and genders are known. The process is simple — an interested person registers on the Santa Shoebox website and pledges a box for a child. Each box has a list of prescribed items, which includes a bar of soap, a facecloth, a toothbrush, toothpaste, an outfit of clothing, a toy, educational supplies and some sweets.